News from around the Barbican

Barbican Music Library hosts exhibition by Making Music 16 Jan – 23 March

Celebrating leisure-time music in the UK, this exhibition features quotes, posters and film from Making Music member groups and a specially commissioned series of portraits of leisure-time musicians. In communities all across the UK, friends, neighbours and colleagues meet up regularly to make music. From jazz to folk, pop to classical, barbershop to brass, thousands of groups gather together in halls, houses, garages, churches, fields and theatres for the joy of creating and performing with others. Making Music Together celebrates the scale and breadth of this leisure-time music scene, … [Read more...]

New glass globe welcomes you to the Charterhouse

As you may know, as a local, The Charterhouse opened its garden square and a new museum early in 2017. A reminder of the fascinating history of the place... set in the heart of Clerkenwell, the Charterhouse has been living the Nation's history since 1348. Initially a Black Death burial ground, the site became home to the largest Carthusian monastery in the world until it was brutally dissolved in 1537 when 16 monks became proto-martyrs of the Reformation. A grand Tudor mansion replaced the monastery. Elizabeth I spent the first days of her reign at the Charterhouse and James I (of … [Read more...]

The Borough Market Cookbook

‘When spring arrives, a new palette presents itself along with a burst of energy and optimism.’ – Ed Smith, The Borough Market Cookbook Learn what to cook and eat this spring with The Borough Market Cookbook – the first ever official book from Borough Market. It offers over 100 delicious seasonal recipes, including 30 that are inspired by the spring season. The dishes show why market shopping – whether at Borough or any of our other wonderful British markets – is the most enjoyable way to bring the best food and ingredients to your own table. The book is written by award-winning food … [Read more...]

Mulled Wine Afternoon Tea at the Courthouse

Standing as one of London’s most iconic hotel experiences, Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch has become East London’s festive haven for cosying up for some Christmas spirit.  It is one of the most luxurious hotels to have opened in our area having been developed inside the historic old Shoreditch Magistrates Court and Police Station on Old Street, a baroque style Grade II listed building opposite Shoreditch Town Hall, .  Its public rooms are themed around the old courthouse. Softly lit, elegant and welcoming, the hotel offers the perfect stop to escape the cold of the season and enjoy the … [Read more...]

“All of London Life is There”

The Barbican Library often has interesting art on show, and this exhibition is no exception. Taking as its title “All of London Life is There”, a famous quote from Ben Jonson’s ‘Bartholomew Fair’, an exhibition of 70 or so paintings present today’s London in all its fascinating variety. One of the paintings by a member of the Group - Royal Courts of Justice - Ink and Watercolour by John Crane  £220 Passing like a thread between the artworks are famous quotes about London, not all of them complimentary, but all honest. This neatly links the work on the walls with the works on the … [Read more...]

Come and sing your heart out!

The London Symphony Orchestra have invited us to apply as they prepare for a colossal vocal performance that will take place at the Barbican Centre in the spring. The performance will be the UK premiere of a piece by composer David Lang, and will bring together 500 local people. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with the LSO’s choral director, Sir Simon Halsey, there are no auditions, and there’s no requirement to read music. Be part of something big this spring, as 500 people from all walks of life come together for a once-in a lifetime performance at the Barbican … [Read more...]

Craft a Christmas Wreath at Broadgate on Sunday 2nd

For a winter family day out with a difference, head to The Winter Forest at Broadgate Circle as Homemade London presents a series of brilliant (and free) crafting sessions for children, family and friends. See the full listings for December here and explore our winter wonderland of special menus, seasonal drinks, live music and more. Christmas Wreath 12.30pm-1.30pm, Sunday 2 December  Create a minimalist indoor wreath using copper wire, paper and natural materials. Then take home an eye-catching decoration with a contemporary look that’ll fit nicely on your front door. Just drop-in on … [Read more...]

Free Festive Crafts at Broadgate in December

For a winter family day out with a difference, head to The Winter Forest at Broadgate Circle every Sunday as Homemade London presents a series of brilliant (and free) crafting sessions for children, family and friends. See the full listings below and explore our winter wonderland of special menus, seasonal drinks, live music and more.  Christmas Wreath 12.30pm-1.30pm, Sunday 2 December  Create a minimalist indoor wreath using copper wire, paper and natural materials. Then take home an eye-catching decoration with a contemporary look that’ll fit nicely on your front door. Just … [Read more...]

Local hospitals to star this week in Operation:Live on TV

Local hospital staff and patients will step into the limelight this week (13-15 November 2018), starring in Channel 5's Operation:Live. Viewers will go behind the scenes to join surgeons and their teams in a rarely-seen side of the NHS, as The Royal London and St Bartholomew's hospitals perform three operations live on air.   The live television event will be fronted by Nicky Campbell from 10pm each night, with viewers being invited to submit questions to surgical experts via social media. Episode 1 - Open Heart Surgery Live, Tuesday 13th November at 10pm on Channel 5 The live … [Read more...]

IDENTITY Exhibition explores body dysmorphia

IDENTITY TEN ARTISTS EXPLORE BODY DYSMORPHIA IN POWERFUL EXHIBITION Zebra One Gallery challenged ten artists to explore body dysmorphia and self-image for Identity, a powerful group exhibition showing at the Hampstead Gallery from 24 November until 9 December. It features never-before-seen images of Lady Gaga, who famously suffered from Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) in her teens, leading to eating disorder battles. A percentage of monies raised from the exhibition will go to The BDD Foundation, the only charity in the world that is dedicated to alleviating the suffering that BDD … [Read more...]